Reuben’s Brews Reveals Their 2017 Release Calendar

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These days, lining up for coveted craft beer releases has become a way of life here in Seattle.  Over the past year, I’ve waited in line for the release of at least 7 or 8 different beers – probably more.  The wait in line isn’t only about the beer though.  For many of these releases I could have skipped the line, come in later and still gotten my bottles, but then I would have missed the opportunity to hang out with all my friends who also attend these releases.

Half the battle during bottle releases or when anticipating the return of your favorite on-tap selections, however, is knowing when they’re coming.  Often times we don’t hear about a particular release until just a few days before it happens, meaning we may have to alter our plans or find a friend to pick up a few bottles, cans or growler fills for us if we can’t attend.  That’s why having a release calendar can really help.  To that end, Reuben’s Brews has just revealed their 2017 release calendar.

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Pacific Wonderland Joins Deschutes’ Year-Round Lineup

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Bend Oregon is a great city for craft beer lovers.  Sure, there are plenty of great breweries right here in Seattle but that doesn’t mean we can’t also appreciate the well crafted libations coming from other great breweries throughout the Northwest and across the nation. There are lots of breweries in Bend who are doing it right and one of the oldest and most successful breweries to come out of Bend is Deschutes Brewery.

When I think Deschutes there are plenty of great beers that come to mind.  The Abyss and its variants are, of course, always a popular choice as is their well known Black Butte Porter (now at number XXVIII).  I’ve enjoyed a great number of Deschutes’ beers over the years including: Mirror Pond Pale Ale, Red Chair Northwest Pale (find this one on Nitro, if you can), Fresh Squeezed IPA, The Dissident and many, many more.

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Celebrate Chinese New Year With Two New Beers From Lucky Envelope

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Lucky Envelope Brewing was founded by partners Barry Chan and Raymond Kwan back in late 2014.  An award-winning home brewer and structural engineer and a finance strategist respectively, Barry and Raymond decided to leave their old careers behind to follow their dreams of opening a craft brewery.

They first opened their doors to the public in May of 2015 with a decidedly Asian/Thai inspiration.  Even their name, Lucky Envelope, was inspired by the red envelopes which the older generation in China will gift to the younger generation during holidays and special occasions.

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Lagunitas Brewing Has Arrived In Seattle

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Last night, I was fortunate to attend a sneak peek preview party for media and industry friends at Lagunitas Brewing Company‘s newest location in Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood.  As you’ve probably heard, they took over the space formerly occupied by Hilliard’s Brewing, which was purchased last year by Odin Brewing.  Lagunitas treated us to food, live music, acrobatic and sideshow performers mingling among the crowd and, of course, great craft beer from one of my favorite California craft breweries.

Lagunitas has made some small but significant changes to the space, including a new, spacious island bar in the middle of the taproom, large, sturdy beer hall style tables with bench seating and brand new, restaurant-quality bathrooms.  They want to open to the public as soon as possible and, from what I saw last night, they’re just about ready.  You should be enjoying your favorite Lagunitas beers there before the end of this month.

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Lowercase Brewing Prepares For Their 3rd Anniversary – UPDATED

 

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Lowercase Brewing Company first opened their doors back in early 2014 in Seattle’s South Park neighborhood, sharing a building with another South Park newcomer, Burdick Brewing Company.  If you’ve been following their stories, however, then you know that both breweries had to close their taprooms last year due to prohibitively expensive building upgrades the city demanded to keep the taprooms open in that location.

Burdick simply closed their taproom and decided to go the production brewery route.  Lowercase Brewing, however, wanted to keep their taproom up and running so they started looking for a new location, which they found on Airport Way in Georgetown.  After a few delays with permits and such, Lowercase was finally able to open their new taproom last November.  The brewery itself stayed at their original location in South Park, allowing them to install an even lager brewing system and increase their capacity.  Incidentally, I have also heard rumblings that Burdick Brewing might be looking for a new taproom location as well.  I’ll keep you posted.

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Recoil IPA In Cans & New Seasonal Highside Wheat From Payette Brewing

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It’s been nearly a year since I first told you about Payette Brewing Company‘s arrival in Seattle.  Hailing from Boise, Idaho, Payette was founded by Idaho native Mike Francis – a graduate of the Siebel Institute of Brewing and a former brewer for Schooner Exact Brewing Company here in Seattle.

Payette introduced themselves to the Seattle market with their Rustler IPA, North Fork Lager, Rodeo Rye, Pistolero Porter and 12 Gauge Imperial Stout.  They were warmly received with events at various locations throughout the city, including Toronado and The Sixgill.  Now, they’re back to announce that their Recoil IPA has joined their year-round lineup and is now arriving in cans.

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Schooner Exact Prepares For Their 10th Anniversary

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Seattle’s South end craft beer scene has really grown up.  Less than a decade ago, it was a struggle to find any craft breweries (besides Georgetown Brewing or Pyramid Brewing) South of downtown.  Now, the South end rivals Ballard for the sheer number of breweries you can visit (if you include SoDo, Georgetown and Columbia City).

One of the South End breweries that’s been around the longest is Schooner Exact Brewing Company.  They started as a small nano-brewery back in 2007 and have grown steadily into an excellent craft brewery and restaurant.  Now, several expansions, remodels and menu changes later, Schooner Exact is just about ready to celebrate their 10th Anniversary with a 10-day long celebration.

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Belgian Fest 2017 Happens Next Month

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Each year, the Washington Beer Commission puts on several different festivals to celebrate the diversity and excellence of Washington craft beer.  These festivals are a great way to discover new Washington breweries and to explore different craft styles that you may not be as familiar with.

It may still be a full month away, but tickets are already on sale for one of my favorite Washington Beer Commission hosted festivals: Belgian Fest 2017.  Set for 2 sessions on Saturday, January 28th, Belgian Fest 2017 will feature well over 100 different Belgian style beers from over 40 different Washington State breweries.  Featured beer styles include Tripels, Dubbels, Saisons, Wits, Abbeys and Lambics. In keeping with this unique style, all of the beers are brewed with Belgian yeast.

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Redfeather IPA Arrives This Week From Black Raven Brewing

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I hope you’ve all been having a wonderful Holiday season.  Winter officially arrived yesterday, though it feels like it’s already been here a bit longer.  To keep warm through our chilly Fall, I’ve been enjoying plenty of high octane, barrel aged beers (Lord knows, there have been enough great barrel aged releases around here lately).  I really love all those dark, strong, Winter-time beers but sometimes, even in the colder temperatures out there, my palate (and my liver) could use a break from something so heavy.

That’s where the Session IPA comes in.  Session IPAs are lower in alcohol, but still retain much of the hoppy punch you love from traditional IPAs. They’re crisp and refreshing and one the Northwest’s finest examples of the style, Redfeather Session IPA, returns tomorrow (12/23) from Black Raven Brewing Company (CBM Sponsor).

Here is some more information about Redfeather Session IPA from Black Raven Brewing Company:

Release date: Friday, December 23rd

The Redfeather SIPA is brewed in the session IPA style. This beer presents the hop bitterness and flavor of a red IPA but in a more refreshing, lower alcohol version.

Additional crystal malts contribute the red hue and malt backbone to layer the hops onto. Hop varieties include Super Galena, Northern Brewer and Citra.

2016 GABF WINNER
Gold Medal – ESB category

ABV: 4.8%

On draft, growler fills and 22oz bottles available to go.

So, while I’m sure most of you will be digging into your cellars this Christmas to impress friends or family with a few extra special bottle selections (or just enjoying them yourself), be sure to stop by Black Raven to grab a growler or two of Redfeather Session IPA, so you and your guests have something a bit lighter and hoppier to enjoy as well.

Drink responsibly and stay safe out there.

Believer Double Red Ale Returns From Ninkasi Brewing

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When I first got into craft beer, I was a big fan of Amber or Red ales.  Two of my favorites were Boont Amber from Anderson Valley and Red Tail Ale from Mendocino. Unfortunately, these days, Red Ales are often relegated to the background; pushed out of the way by many in favor of IPAs, Stouts, Porters and (more and more these days) even sours styles.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m glad to see people branching out more.  I just wish I’d see people ordering Red ales a bit more often.  I’m a fan of Ninkasi Brewing Company‘s Dawn Of The Red India Red Ale and now, another popular Red Ale is making its return from Ninkasi: Believer Double Red Ale.

Back by popular demand, Believer joins Ninkasi’s Seasonal Release Series available late December through April.  This release of Believer Double Red Ale will also benefit three different non-profit organizations.  A portion of all Believer sales will be donated to Conscious Alliance, Team River Runner, and Women Who Code through our Beer is Love program.  Your votes will help determine how the donations are allocated.

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